Revis Island was once the place where wide receivers went into hiding, but the first two weeks have seen it be a place they blow through on their way to their preferred destination.
A.J. Green had his way with Darrelle Revis in the opener and Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin ran right past the Jets corner for an 84-yard touchdown early in Thursday night’s game. Revis wouldn’t give up any other big plays in the 37-31 Jets victory, but the Goodwin play was enough to keep fueling worries about what the future will bring for one of the Jets’ most important defensive players.
After the game, Revis said, in comments distributed by the Bills, it was a “good throw and good catch” and coach Todd Bowles called it a “busted coverage,” which came with the Jets in zone and Revis giving Goodwin a healthy cushion off the line of scrimmage. Neither Revis nor Bowles delved much deeper into that play or drew long-term implications off the first two weeks, but wide receiver Brandon Marshall offered his belief that little has changed in the big picture.
“I stand in front of the world and I say: ‘Darrelle Revis is the best cornerback in this league.’ That’s what I say,” Marshall said on NFL Network, via NJ.com. “That’s how you support a teammate. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer. That’s what he is. He’s going into Year 10. He gave up some big plays last week. But regardless of how he’s playing right now, he’s still the best. You’ll see him back to Revis Island, back to shutting guys down in a couple of weeks.”
That is how you support a teammate, but the Jets have to be more realistic about Revis’ lost step in the weeks to come. Acting like he’s the same player from the past is a recipe for more toastings, so they’ll need to devise other ways of deploying him and the rest of a secondary that has looked like the team’s defensive Achilles heel through two weeks.